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April 14, 2015
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Cardiff North 2015: Elizabeth Clark – Liberal Democrat

Elizabeth Clark, Liberal Democrat

We asked all the Cardiff North candidates to tell us who they are and why they’re standing for election.

Who are you?

I was born in North Road and grew up in Cardiff. I went to Eglwys Wen Primary and Bishop of Llandaff High Schools and my first job was working for Lloyds Bank in Whitchurch.

After graduating from Reading University I qualified as a human resource manager at the University of South Wales and as a teacher at Cardiff Metropolitan University. While working as the Governing Body Development Manager for Cardiff Council I supported most of the schools in Cardiff North. Having worked for central and local government I believe in the importance of good public services.

As a Cardiff City Councillor I’m a strong champion for local people. I was proud to have voted alongside all the Liberal Democrat councillors to save Whitchurch, Rhiwbina, Cathays Rhydypenau, Roath, Radyr and Rumney libraries from the Labour Council closure proposals. I’ve most recently been campaigning against the Council plan to spend nearly £3 million pounds replacing most of the wheelie bins in Cardiff with smaller ones and to take away the choice of local people.

I care passionately about Cardiff and am pleased to be the first woman to be given the hereditary freedom of the city of Cardiff. However, any rights to graze my sheep in Heath Park have now ended!

Why are you standing for election?

I believe strongly in the Liberal Democrat values and am proud that it was the Liberal Party who first fought against social injustice. I’ve been campaigning for the party from an early age – when a teenager in the 1983 General Election by canvassing in Whitchurch and Rhiwbina villages.

I’m standing because I want to:

  • fight to preserve our open spaces around Cardiff
  • provide more funding and nurses in the NHS
  • improve the education for our children
  • build a stronger economy
  • have a government which doesn’t veer to the left and right but follows a steady progressive way forward.

Follow the candidates at our election hub. Find out what the candidates said during our Tweet Chat.

April 13, 2015
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Meet the Artists in Residence at Castell Coch

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Cadw have announced details of the artists who’ll be working at Castell Coch in the coming months.

Lauren Heckler

Lauren Heckler (© Lauren Heckler)

The artists are Lauren Heckler and John Abell. Lauren will work with digital media and performance, while John will be creating large scale work in the grounds.

Ffion Reynolds, Cadw’s Heritage and Arts Engagement Manager, said, “The artists will respond to Castell Coch as a whole — its physical site, but also the people that have been instrumental to its development over time, the architecture and the eccentric decoration within it.

“They will work across different themes, using different but complementing media to present Castell Coch to the public.”

John Abell

John Abell (© John Abell)

Both artists have expressed a desire to work with the local community. We’ll be keeping in touch with them and reporting on their work and how you can get involved.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get updates.

April 12, 2015
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Cardiff North 2015: Hustings

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The aim of a hustings is to provide voters with an opportunity to hear the views of candidates or parties standing for election.

There are several hustings coming up over the next few weeks where you can see the candidates in person and hear what they have to say.

We recently went to one in Pontprennau Community Church, you can read our report here.

This is a list of public hustings taking place in the run up to election day:

ASDA Coryton – 15 April

You need to register to attend this event.

The event will be chaired by Chief reporter of South Wales Echo, Martin Shipton, and will take place on Wednesday 15th April in the café at Asda Cardiff Coryton Supercentre. Please arrive at 6pm, ready to be seated for a 6.30pm start. It will finish at approximately 7.45pm.

Read our report here.

Rhiwbina Baptist Church – 16 April

Doors open at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start. For details, visit the church’s website.

Read our report here.

Whitchurch Methodist Church – 23 April

Whitchurch, Rhiwbina and Birchgrove Churches Together have arranged this hustings, which will be moderated by Professor Kevin Morgan.

Doors are open at 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start. Questions may be submitted from 7:00pm onwards.

Whitchurch Methodist Church, Penlline Road, Cardiff CF14 2AA.

Llandaff North Residents’ Association – 30 April

The residents’ association have organised a hustings at the Steiner School, Hawthorn Road West, Cardiff CF14 2FL. Starts at 7:30pm.

For news and views from the candidates, visit our election hub.

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Made in Cardiff TV

Made in Cardiff TV are recording a televised debate on Saturday 18th April. It will be broadcast on Tuesday 21st April at 9:00pm.

BBC Radio 5 Live

On Tuesday 21st April, Nicky Campbell will be hosting the BBC 5 Live Breakfast Show from Absolutely Woof in Whitchurch. Tune in from 7:00 to 10:00am.

Nicky will be joined by members of the local community who will get the opportunity to quiz the parliamentary candidates directly. If you have a question, you can send it to Absolutely Woof via their Twitter or Facebook page.